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Canadian News Reporter Openly Advocates Palestinian ‘Right of Return’

CTV Mideast Bureau Chief Martin Seemungal makes the bizarre point that Israel should recognize the Palestinians' right of return to homes most of them never lived in, so that they could immigrate to Canada. The solution, as always, for Canadian media folks, is longer sleep hours and less vodka.

CTV Mideast Bureau Chief Martin Seemungal makes the bizarre point that Israel should recognize the Palestinians' right of return to homes most of them never lived in, so that they could immigrate to Canada. The solution, as always, for Canadian media folks, is longer sleep hours and less vodka.

It appears the Canadian media are looking to “balance” their prime minister’s unabashed support of the Jewish State, by adding a bit of PLO propaganda to the mix.

Our friends at HonestReporting Canada reported (honestly):

On January 16, HonestReporting Canada called on CTV to issue an immediate on-air correction to remedy erroneous and unattributed statements made on the previous day’s broadcast by Mideast Bureau Chief Martin Seemungal on CTV National News.

Reporter Martin Seemungal incorrectly and unfairly stated the following:

Seemungal: Their right of return, one of the most emotionally  charged issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict …”

Seemungal: “The Palestinian right of return is a big one, there are 6 million refugees.”

In discussion with CTV Anchor Lisa LaFlamme, the following was misstated:

LaFlamme: “Martin: Explain why that right of return is such a huge bargaining chip, even for those who have no intention of ever coming back here?”

Seemungal: “Well, it’s a key issue, because they need that right of return, they need that hanging over their heads all the time. Their families lost everything, they need that to keep the pressure on Israel, to keep the pressure on the United States, and fact, to keep the pressure on countries like Canada to take them in if that is what they choose, so that is why this issue is not going to go away.”

To watch this report please click here.

As this CBC report affirms, “To the Palestinians and other Arabs who lived in the same territory, it is known as the Catastrophe. Many people were expelled or fled as the Israelis repulsed their attackers. Statehood for Israel left more than 700,000 Palestinians as refugees, according to UN estimates from 1950.”

In reality, there were only 700,000 displaced Palestinians following Israel’s war of Independence in 1948, the rest claim to be descendants of refugees. There were never 6 million refugees. This was a serious error.

Reporter Seemungal mislead viewers by repeatedly using the term “right of return” without any due explanation. His report made it appear as if this claim was an accepted fact, but it is simply a claim made by Palestinians without standing in international law. When referring to this claim, CTV journalists have a responsibility to at least state this in attribution.

The so-called “Palestinian right of return” would in essence negate Israel’s ability to be a Jewish state. Palestinians, by virtue of a higher birthrate, would turn Jews into a minority before voting in favour of another Muslim Arab state in place of Israel. Surely Israel, Canada, and the U.S., would not support such a proposition which at its most basic level denies the right of Jews to self-determination in their historical homeland and calls into question the very legitimacy of Israel as a state.

The demands of the “right of return” of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to Israel proper, as opposed to a future Palestinian State numbered at approximately 5 million, would make Israel a Palestinian-Arab majority state or what is termed a one-state solution. While this demand is clearly unacceptable for any sovereign country, it is a non-negotiable demand for the Palestinian leadership. And it explains why Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas refuses to unequivocally recognize a Jewish state.

Seemungal implies and tacitly advocates that Palestinian refugees ought to have the right to move to Israel proper (“they need that right of return.. Their families lost everything, they need that to keep the pressure on Israel”), as opposed to a future state in Gaza or the West Bank, and he does not address the implications of this one-state solution or the loss of the Jewish character Israel.

CTV journalists are tasked to be neutral and objective and to not advocate for one interest over another. Perhaps not intentional, but that is exactly what Mr. Seemungal has done.

We are hopeful that CTV News will promptly address this matter by producing an immediate on-air corrective. A matter we also brought to the attention of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC).

Stay tuned.

 

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9 Responses to “Canadian News Reporter Openly Advocates Palestinian ‘Right of Return’”

  1. Steven Plaut says:

    Let him show us Israelis the way by turning all his property over to native Canuck Indians

  2. And the 900,000 Jewish Refugees kicked out of Arab lands following 1948? The Palestinians are the ONLY 'refugees' in the world who have this ongoing, down the generations right of return demand. They are the only refugees who have their own huge organisation (UNWRHA) dedicated just for them with more than 36,000 Palestinians employed in it. It is bigger than all the other refugee organisations put together. Israel built a town for them, complete with infrastructure etc., and they refused to live in it. Since Arafat saw the benefits of keeping those Arabs as victims in the eyes of the world, their status has worked for them. Why would they want to change that? And the fact that most 'Palestinian refugees' are living in Jordan, and are NOT granted citizenship by the Jordanian state; that Kuwait kicks their 'Palestinians' out, and Egypt doesn't want them, also tells us things about them. Nobody wants them, yet other Arab states are very happy to continue using them as pawns to get at Israel and USA.

  3. Alan Kardon says:

    Do Jews have a right to return to this land that they have been living for over 2000 years?

  4. And I advocate the return of the land of Canad to the Indians from whom it was stolen. The original owners of the land, the Indians, were killed and captured and run off their home lands, their homes burned and crops destroyed. What have they gotten for it or from it from the current "owners". Nothing. Give it back or shut up about others, you have no right to say anything to anyone.

  5. There is a problem of nuance. Is a "National Home for the Jews" the same as a "Jewish State"? Recognizing Israel's significant Arab and increasing Christian minorities is not the former more appropriate than the latter?

  6. I am against efforts to make peace that involve Israel in such a way that demands that they give up ANY of their land. I know it sounds weary to many people that I state that God brought Israel back into this land, BUT that is EXACTLY what God has done! THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A NATION OF PALESTINE, despite what the Dutch claim. When the Arab nations around Israel attacked; God continued to extend Israel’s borders. Israel even regained Jerusalem and the Temple mount! These events/wars have been an obvious fulfillment of God’s promise to bring Israel back into his land in the end times. He even specified that the nation would be born in ONE day. That day was May 14, 1948. God’s word teaches us that in the end times when Israel is brought back, that they would never be fully removed again. To make a so called peace deal which involves giving away the land that God promised Israel is a huge sin. I believe that the rapture/departure of the Christian church is to take place very soon and that an evil peace deal will be made for 7/360 day years, between Israel, the Arabs and a person who will head the one world government. That man will be the anti-Christ. I wrote a book in 2012 that discusses some of the prophecies written about in the Bible. It’s a short read of 6 or 7 pages and it’s totally free. I hope you will have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next

  7. those arabs who ran away to join the grand mufti (hitlr's bff) to destroy the nascen t state of Israel have no "rights". they st arted a war they lost. in any case, there is not even a shard of prospect that this make believe "return" will ever happen. not ever.

  8. The arabs just dont want to look after their own, like the Jewish people do, so they use them as pawns to make Israel feel bad and look bad in the eyes of the world Arabs are known to be whiny and liars.

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